Twin Sails Bridge rises to the challenge

The Twin Sails Bridge in all its glory

The Twin Sails Bridge in all its glory

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POOLE’S spectacular Twin Sails Bridge is finally living up to its name.

With its sails proudly soaring into the sky for the first time, the second harbour crossing can be seen in all its glory.

All five spans, consisting of 41 separate metal sections, have now been fitted across the Back Water Channel and the bridge is whole.

Cllr Elaine Atkinson, leader of Borough of Poole, said: “This is a really exciting day in the construction of the Twin Sails Bridge, as the final pieces of steel are put into place and the leaves are lifted.

“The bridge looks fantastic and is still on target to be completed on time and within budget, ready for the residents of Poole to enjoy.”

Construction is not complete, there is no road across the decks and one of the masts has yet to be fitted to its sail, but testing the mechanism has now begun.

The overall length of the structure, which spans the channel between the former power station site at Hamworthy and the town centre, is around 140 metres. There is a total of 800 tonnes of steel in the superstructure and the triangular lifting leaves weigh 65 tonnes each.

When open, the tip of the mast will be 55m above the deck and the opening leaf will be 35m above the road.

Two hydraulic rams operate the leaves, which will take two minutes to open, and there are 5,000 planned lifts a year.

After 20 months of work, the new bridge is expected to be in operation early next year, with an official opening planned for next March.

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11:15am Sat 15 Oct 11

X Old Bill says...

It may be interesting to put a photograph of how it is now next to one or more of the CGI/artists impressions predicting how it would look, from 'the same viewpoint'.
It may be interesting to put a photograph of how it is now next to one or more of the CGI/artists impressions predicting how it would look, from 'the same viewpoint'. X Old Bill
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5:14pm Sat 15 Oct 11

live-and-let-live says...

how long will it be before the old bridge is condemned and closed ?
how long will it be before the old bridge is condemned and closed ? live-and-let-live
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5:41pm Sat 15 Oct 11

bourne free says...

live-and-let-live says...
5:14pm Sat 15 Oct 11
how long will it be before the old bridge is condemned and closed ?

The new bridge will open ahead of schedule then the old bridge will shut straight away for a major overhall lasting most of next year ???!!!!
live-and-let-live says... 5:14pm Sat 15 Oct 11 how long will it be before the old bridge is condemned and closed ? The new bridge will open ahead of schedule then the old bridge will shut straight away for a major overhall lasting most of next year ???!!!! bourne free
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6:49pm Sat 15 Oct 11

Edd and Al says...

Actually.....the old bridge will always be in use as the idea is to have 2 bridges in operation so traffic can keep moving, there will be electric signs advising if one of the bridges is open to boats so you can go the other way. The old one will undergo some kind of servicing but remember there are hundreds of people that live very near to the old bridge and they walk over it every day and could not divert over the new bridge as it is too far away. I'm sure it will all walk out nicely in the end.
Actually.....the old bridge will always be in use as the idea is to have 2 bridges in operation so traffic can keep moving, there will be electric signs advising if one of the bridges is open to boats so you can go the other way. The old one will undergo some kind of servicing but remember there are hundreds of people that live very near to the old bridge and they walk over it every day and could not divert over the new bridge as it is too far away. I'm sure it will all walk out nicely in the end. Edd and Al
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4:58am Sun 16 Oct 11

MJD says...

Waste of money. Time will tell ? The old bridge had a life expectancy of zero years ago. Its in need of more than general maintenance, but a major rebuilding of both approaches. Fact. Expected to take 8 months.
Waste of money. Time will tell ? The old bridge had a life expectancy of zero years ago. Its in need of more than general maintenance, but a major rebuilding of both approaches. Fact. Expected to take 8 months. MJD
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6:31am Sun 16 Oct 11

EGHH says...

I must say it looks very impressive. Can't wait for it to be opened to traffic.
I must say it looks very impressive. Can't wait for it to be opened to traffic. EGHH
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7:42am Sun 16 Oct 11

hamworthygirl says...

I am witholding judgement until I see it in action as one of the most sceptical people re the new bridge i will eat humble pie if im wrong. Im still to be convinced it will ease the congestion we have when the bridge is operational, i hope they keep the old one as I walk to poole and it is the shortest route for me.
I am witholding judgement until I see it in action as one of the most sceptical people re the new bridge i will eat humble pie if im wrong. Im still to be convinced it will ease the congestion we have when the bridge is operational, i hope they keep the old one as I walk to poole and it is the shortest route for me. hamworthygirl
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1:01pm Sun 16 Oct 11

Tictock says...

I'm not sold on it yet but I don't 'buy in' to the council tax so kein problem! Doesn't see to look quite so impressive as the advertised idea to me?
Go on then - prove me wrong please?
I'm not sold on it yet but I don't 'buy in' to the council tax so kein problem! Doesn't see to look quite so impressive as the advertised idea to me? Go on then - prove me wrong please? Tictock
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8:08pm Sun 16 Oct 11

BIGTONE says...

Two hydraulic rams operate the leaves, which will take two minutes to open, and there are 5,000 planned lifts a year.
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That works out 13 to 14 times a day!!!
Does anybody know how many times the existing bridge opens?...
Two hydraulic rams operate the leaves, which will take two minutes to open, and there are 5,000 planned lifts a year. * * * That works out 13 to 14 times a day!!! Does anybody know how many times the existing bridge opens?... BIGTONE
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9:35pm Sun 16 Oct 11

phonehome says...

From what I have seen so far I have to admit to being a little disappointed. From the viewing area on the Poole side the bridge leaves look a little "Stumpy" compared with the rather more pleasing slender leaves in the artistic impressions created prior to construction.
From what I have seen so far I have to admit to being a little disappointed. From the viewing area on the Poole side the bridge leaves look a little "Stumpy" compared with the rather more pleasing slender leaves in the artistic impressions created prior to construction. phonehome
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11:11am Mon 17 Oct 11

static kill says...

I thought it was couple of cranes when I first saw it. It doesn't look like it's fully open, in the artist impression they go completely vertical.
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I thought it was couple of cranes when I first saw it. It doesn't look like it's fully open, in the artist impression they go completely vertical. http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/resourc es/images/1230480/?t ype=display static kill
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2:52pm Mon 17 Oct 11

kevinpatrick says...

As a former Poole councillor, I know that the development and progression of Poole has always been foremost in the minds of the council. So I say, well done to them, for implementing this iconic and far-sighted plan. Ahead of schedule and on budget too. To all the doom-sayers: - it's the future, it's here, it works, it's going to greatly benefit the town. Or would you be happier leaving the old power station site as a derelict wasteground, surrounded by traffic congestion?
As a former Poole councillor, I know that the development and progression of Poole has always been foremost in the minds of the council. So I say, well done to them, for implementing this iconic and far-sighted plan. Ahead of schedule and on budget too. To all the doom-sayers: - it's the future, it's here, it works, it's going to greatly benefit the town. Or would you be happier leaving the old power station site as a derelict wasteground, surrounded by traffic congestion? kevinpatrick
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2:52pm Mon 17 Oct 11

kevinpatrick says...

As a former Poole councillor, I know that the development and progression of Poole has always been foremost in the minds of the council. So I say, well done to them, for implementing this iconic and far-sighted plan. Ahead of schedule and on budget too. To all the doom-sayers: - it's the future, it's here, it works, it's going to greatly benefit the town. Or would you be happier leaving the old power station site as a derelict wasteground, surrounded by traffic congestion?
As a former Poole councillor, I know that the development and progression of Poole has always been foremost in the minds of the council. So I say, well done to them, for implementing this iconic and far-sighted plan. Ahead of schedule and on budget too. To all the doom-sayers: - it's the future, it's here, it works, it's going to greatly benefit the town. Or would you be happier leaving the old power station site as a derelict wasteground, surrounded by traffic congestion? kevinpatrick
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